Free Dinghy Sailing for 8-16 year olds with Get Afloat

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Get Afloat

On The Water

On The Water invites 8-16 year olds to discover the excitement of dinghy sailing, kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding with Get Afloat, a tailor-made attraction for younger visitors. Supported by the team at Rockley Watersports, this activity lasts about an hour and is a great opportunity to have a go at sailing and Stand Up Paddleboarding for FREE. It’s first come first served, so get to the Show early and book your place at the booking point on the Rockley Watersports stand E049A in Mayflower Park.

Get Afloat at the Southampton Boat Show

Each free, 90-minute session* is supervised by the qualified instructors aboard sailing dinghies at the very heart of the Show. Your instructor will provide you with a lifejacket, suitable clothing and a short safety demonstration.

Please note that there is limited availability and due to adverse weather conditions there is a strong possibility that some of the on-water activities may be suspended at certain times during the day. 

For the latest information and updates please ask at the relevant attraction or booking point.

*The 90-minute session includes the time for a qualified instructor to provide you with a lifejacket, suitable clothing and a short safety demonstration, and the time on the water taking part in your chosen activity.

On The Water

On The Water is a British Marine project that aims to help new and potential boaters discover the joys and wealth of benefits that boating offers. is your essential online guide to boating and watersports - packed with guides, tips, information and everything you need to discover boating and make the most of your leisure time, whether you have just one day, a weekend or longer!  

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This year Rockley Watersports is celebrating 40 years of delivering the highest quality sailing and watersports training, school activity trips and family holidays.

In 1976, Rockley Watersports opened its doors to its first students with a handful of boats and a couple of caravans on the beach at Rockley Point, Poole. During the past four decades Rockley Watersports has gone from strength to strength and can now boast that it is the largest commercial watersports training company in the UK. There are now five Rockley centres, three of which are in the South West of France and two in the UK.

The experienced and qualified watersports team provides the opportunity for over 10,000 people to be welcomed every year on training courses, school activity trips and watersports holidays. The Rockley Watersports centres together specialise in the delivery of the highest quality sailing, holidays and watersports training from beginner, advanced and taster sailing sessions to instructor courses and the popular BTEC Level 3 Sport.

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